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Beer Styles

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English-Style Brown Ale

The English-style brown ale ranges from dryer (Northern English) to sweeter (Southern English) maltiness. Roast malt tones (chocolate, nutty) may sometimes contribute to the flavor and aroma profile. Hop bitterness is very low to low, with very little hop flavor and aroma. Known for rich and advanced malt aroma and flavor without centering too much on hops, the English-style mild is extremely sessionable and food-friendly.

Category: Brown Ales

Food Pairings

  • Roasted Pork, Steak, Nuts
  • Aged Gouda
  • Pear Fritters

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Copper to Very Dark

Clarity

Clear

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor is very low. Hop bitterness is very low to low

Malt

Balance ranges from dry to sweet maltiness. Roast malt tones of toffee, nuts and caramel sometimes contribute to the flavor profile

Esters

Fruit (varies)

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Diacetyl should be very low, if evident

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Kent Goldings

Malt

Pale Ale, Special Roast, Victory, Crystal, Pale Chocolate

Water

Moderate carbonate water

Yeast

Ale

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